Flop Goes the Weasel
1949 reissue title card
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese[1]
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringMel Blanc
Ruby Dandridge (both uncredited)[2]
Music byMusical direction:
Carl W. Stalling
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Animation byRudy Larriva[1]
Uncredited animation:
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Robert Cannon
Ken Harris[3]
Effects animation:
A.C. Gamer (uncredited)
Layouts byJohn McGrew (uncredited)
Background design:
Bernyce Polifka (uncredited)
Backgrounds byGene Fleury (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • March 20, 1943 (1943-03-20)
May 21, 1949 (Blue Ribbon reissue)
Running time
7 minutes 38 seconds (Blue Ribbon reissue)

Flop Goes the Weasel is a 1943 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[4] The short was released on March 20, 1943.[5] It's re-released as Blue Ribbon in May 21, 1949.


A mother hen is off trying to catch a worm for her soon to be baby. While out, a weasel steals the egg, wanting it for breakfast. Unfortunately the egg hatches and it mistakes that the weasel as its mother. The weasel wants to eat the chick, but it outsmarted him every time. For the last 3 minutes of the film, the weasel is constantly sneezing because the chick put pepper in his nose. He goes back to his biological mother, who found out that he had beaten up the weasel.


On July 30, 1949, Boxoffice reviewed the short: "Very Good. The so-called Wiley Weasel is flabbergasted when an egg he has stolen from a barnyard hen for his meal, hatches out a small chick. The chick mistakes the weasel for its mother and the rodent is forced to play the game. He tries, without success, to lure the chick into the roasting pan."[6]


  1. ^ a b Beck, Jerry (2021-06-14). "Lost Warner Bros. Original Titles". Cartoon Research. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  2. ^ Hartley, Steven (27 April 2016). "Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie: 398. Flop Goes the Weasel (1943)". Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Flop Goes The Weasel[dead link]". Big Cartoon DataBase, August 30, 2015
  4. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 139. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  5. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 104–106. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  6. ^ Sampson, Henry T. (1998). That's Enough, Folks: Black Images in Animated Cartoons, 1900-1960. Scarecrow Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0810832503.